Queen Victoria Statue

This statue, unquestionably the most moved statue in the island, was created to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1897. Suggestions as to who should create the statue were numerous, but by September 1887, the Sculpture Committee had accepted the quote of Parisien sculptor, Georges Wallet, who was in fact the son of an Englishman. Wallet had forwarded the committee a photo of a half-size … Continue reading Queen Victoria Statue

The Green Lane Network

In the early 1990s, when the idea of an island wide network of speed –restricted roads was first suggested to the Constables’ Committee by St.Peter Constable Mac Pollard, it was flatly refused. Mr. Pollard had felt that it would be nice if several quiet scenic lanes would be speed-restricted, thereby allowing walkers, cyclists and horse riders to use them in comparative safety, away from the threat of speeding motorists.

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The Clasped Hands Memorial

The Clasped Hands memorial that stands beside the road to the lighthouse proves that seafaring disasters are not always a thing of the past. The sculpture was created by Derek Tristram from a perfect piece of granite that had previously been in the Harbour wall, and was unveiled on April 17th 1997 by former Senator Tony Chinn. It records the St.Malo disaster, in 17thApril 1995, … Continue reading The Clasped Hands Memorial

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Beach Cleaning on Thursday 8th June

Arthur the Blue Badge Guide hugs trees and cleans beaches – I am an eco-active business, which means I use few reasources and recycle wherever I can. I also don’t possess an armada of vehicles to pollute the air, or even an office to run around, last thing every evening, switching lights off. Bye the bye, I have already done this in a previous life. … Continue reading Beach Cleaning on Thursday 8th June

Anecdotes from the Bike Shop

Christmas at the Bike Shop

I’d always vowed to kill the next person who would say in all innocence: “you’re coming up to your busy time!” in the months running to Christmas. It was up there with; “It had a saddle like a razor blade”, “you could buy a car for that”, and “It must be a design fault”. The latter was usually uttered by a half-wit who could barely write his name, never mind cast opinions about design.

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